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continues on the stump while president obama campaigns in three states today. >>> also keeping an eye on recovering from sandy. >>> plus, tea party favorite and former presidential candidate michele bachmann is fighting for her political life. those details next. you're watching "early today." >> announcer: brought to you by the makers of centrum men and women. have you taken the most complete multi-vitamitoday? >>> well, the campaign clock is ticking down, and with just about 120 hours to go until election day, the polls show the candidates are still neck in neck. nbc's tracie pots has all the details for us from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the latest poll of the battleground states show a slight advantage for president obama, ahead by 6 in iowa, three in wisconsin, and just two, well within the margin of error in new hampshire. but this week he's really been focused on new jersey, touring the storm damage there with governor chris christie, a republican rival who has said repeatedly the president's done a great job responding to the storm. anal
, here is why, the numbers, iowa, the small state, sticking with obama, he is up by six in the latest poll, wisconsin, paul ryan's home state, as part of the obama firewall, romney would like to get it, still trails by three points president t look at new hampshire, while the president trails by two, new hampshire looks like the state that will go romney, romney's economic numbers are better than the president, and the president's job approval rating is less than better there. but i'll show you the crucial state ends up sitting here as ohio, if you look at these numbers here. in the road to 270, the missing ingredient is ohio, brian. >> all right, as we'll be discussing, something tells me, tuesday night, chuck todd at the board, as we continue along the way. why visitors to new york won't be able to visit one of the great icons, for quite a while. as our own richard engel found out earlier today. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger. but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve have the strength to keep back pain away all day. toda
at the sofa negotiations to keep american troops there, which the pog and the state department both believe would be desirable and presume blitz white house itself thought it might be, too or they wouldn't have initiated those talks, i mean, the obama administration clearly didn't learn the less son was,conduct those negotiations from its predecessor because president bush did negotiate a sofa but it was enormously difficult vend time consuming and took lots of involvement at the presidential level and we didn't really see that in the obama administration. >> one of the things, tom, that you write about that's central theme of the book is american military leadership that has been both tested and shaped in a lot of ways over this past decade. you are not enormously confident as you come away from that decade. why? >> the theme of the book is that american generalship was better this world war ii than it has been lately, especially if vietnam, iraq and afghanistan. and what you see is, in world war ii successful generals were promoted. jones who failed were fired. and the military adapted ve
states where this election will be won. the final push has president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this
. the president's campaign is running out of steam. meantime, president obama also hitting sechbl states between now and election day with the closeness on ohio. he will be in ohio every day until voters head to the polls. the president making his closing argument and focusing on that must-win state. he is also picking up a key endorsement from new york mayor michael bloomberg. earlier in the week he said they were too busy to have a presidential visit. >>> tracie pots for us in washington. thank you. >>> more political news for you. missouri senate candidate todd akin gained national attention for the legitimate rape comments. now he's got an ad with two women talking about of all things rape. >> my name is kelly, i'm a full-time student, a mother. i'm a woman who had an abortion. i've been raped in my past. >> the reason that i'm voting for todd and i'm so proud of him is that he defensds the unborn. >> paul ryan has been busy on the stump trying to shore up swing state voters while saying just how tough he and romney really are. >> we can't keep doing this. look, mitt romney and i can handle
women. and another fascinating thing obama gets 43% of the wheat vote, higher than in most states. is it all about the auto bailout, smart move politically? >> it is all about the auto bailout. the chevy cruise which is assembled in ohio has ohio parts. down to the seat covers. and everdy that the alternative to the auto bailout would have been 13%, 14% unemployment in that state. chs: is there a national positive for him on the auto front or is it just in a couple of states, wisconsin, obviously michigan, those kind of mi western industrial statse? >> coal being part of the state that's doing well. obviously that message will play better to romney there than to obama. but nevertheless, to back out for a second a look at the economy, generally speaking, you have states important swing states where the unemployment rate is lower than the national average. but the recent set of data we see a brightening of consumer attitudes. we see consumer sentiment and surprisingly at a five-year high despite historically high gas prices. despite a lot of the concerns that this is our expressing.
as long as four hours to cast their ballot. >>> president obama and mitt romney are cancelling campaign events in states affected by sandy. governor romney was scheduled to make three stops in virginia tomorrow. he will go to ohio instead. now, the president's cancelling a monday evebt in northern virginia and leaving for florida tomorrow instead of monday. the vice president and first lady, cancelled events because of the weather. >>> still ahead tonight, the impending arrival of hurricane sandy. >>> a live look ike leggett: gaming generated one hundred and eighty... million dollars for maryland schools. question seven will double it. rushern baker: question seven will add table games and... a new casino, generating millions of dollars... every year, without raising taxes. leggett: and audits will ensure the money goes... where it's supposed to. more jobs, and millions for schools. baker: question seven will be good for our kids... our teachers, and our schools. leggett: keep maryland money in maryland. baker: please vote for question seven. leggett: vote for question seven. sandy up n
of it all. mitt romney has three stops today in the commonwealth. while president obama is hitting three other swing states. news4's steve handelsman is on capitol hill with the latest on this final stretch. >> reporter: jim, good evening. both sides now, this close to next tuesday, have their eyes a little bit on some other states that they either hope or fear might alter the election calculation. it's that close. but the nine swing states still matter most. mitt romney went to virginia, a swing state where the polls show the race tied, and made his closing argument. >> if the president were to be reelected, you're going to see high levels of unemployment continue, and stalled wage growth. if any wage growth at all, just like we've seefr over the last four years. >> reporter: his new ad is positive. >> mitt romney understands business, knows how to create jobs and get our economy moving. >> reporter: but the former governor's path to a win looks difficult. in today's nbc news marist poll, romney's down by 6% in ohio, closer in new hampshire and wisconsin. that's where air force one went
mathematics from obama campaign. it's the state that demograph demographically don't fit what they're trying to do everything that they're trying to do in every other swing state is about hispanics and gender. not ohio. the demographic group that mitt romney performs best with is white men. the demographic group he's performing poorly in ohio is white men. auto workers in toledo, akron, northwest part of the state. >> i think the reason for that is a, what rachel mentioned, the fight over union rights. a lot of counties that voted for kasich in the election swung overwhelmingly in favor of the unions in the referendum. secondly again the auto rescue. which makes a big difference in that quadrant you talked about. which is whi working-class voters. and governor kasich dissed michigan, which i suppose is what you do when you're governor of ohio. michigan has had one of the biggest drops in unemployment. when obama took office, michigan was a messecause of the auto industry. they've had a huge drop of unemployment. even though they a little bit higher now than michigan. and i was struck that go
with people a? why won't you answer any questions? >> reporter: obama's spokesperson says the states are in the best position to direct the assistance. tomorrow, president obama joins high profile republican governor chris christie for a tour of new jersey damage. political opponents brought together by the super storm. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >> so far the federal response to sandy has been widely praised. >>> veronica joins us now with numbers on the wind and rain. how much we got. >> that's right. how much we got and the issues we're seeing today which is really some of the tributaries off the potomac, we're continuing to see those swollen, rivers, creeks, streams. the concern is frederick, maryland. we saw flooding in patuxent. for frederick county and for loudoun county, 19.6 feet and it is cresting at around flood stage. now some of the numbers with sandy again as it made its landfall late yesterday slamming into the southern portions of new jersey around atlantic city, la laytonsville. annapolis, maryland, close to 70. ballinger creek at 66-mile-per-hour wind gusts. gaith
: the raice in floria is closer. but in ohio, it's still a five-point obama advantage in the most important state. and in new jersey, the president got a boost that could help him in all the swing states. a warm greeting and more praise for the federal storm response from republican governor chris christie, who has campaigned all year for mitt romney against barack obama until the hurricane. >> the message that he's sending voters is obama is doing a good job. he's not a scary socialist personal and can be trusted. >> reporter: better than any speech or tv ad, to lead in a crisis and have political opponents offer praise. but that sword is double edged. and if fema stumbles badly, the blowback is sure to hurt the president who right now is on the jersey shore with chris christie and he's speaking. let's go to him now. jim, back to you. pat? >> we are waiting that news conference and we will bring that to you, as soon as it happens. it's a statement from the president after an afternoon of touring there in new jersey. >>> turning now to the weather in our area, which turned much nicer today.
. poor abby may soon be sobbing some more. she happens to live in one of those battleground states. president obama will be there today. mitt romney is scheduled to visit colorado on saturday. >>> coming up, your weather and traffic together on the 1s. the violence that erupted during two celebrations. >>> and coming up at 6:40, something you probably have never seen before. we'll show you the exact moment hurricane sandy ripped up a tree by its roots. >>> we are still being affected by sandy. i'll tell [ earnest ] out of the blue one day, we were told to build a 30-foot stage. gathered the guys and we built that 30-foot stage, not knowing what it was for. just days later, all three shifts were told to assemble in the warehouse. a group of people walked out on that stage and told us that the plant is now closed and all of you are fired... i looked both ways, i looked at the crowd, and...we all just lost our jobs. we don't have an income. mitt romney made over 100 million dollars by shutting down our plant and devastated our lives. turns out that when we built that stage, it was lik
obama is kicking off the weekend here in ohio. this state is really key to his midwest firewall. if mitt romney doesn't win ohio, it is very unlikely that he will hold on to the presidency. according to our latest nbc news "wall street journal" marist poll, president obama has an honest lead here in ohio. let's take a look at the latest numbers. according to our poll, president obama has a six-point lead in the buckeye state, which is unchanged from last month. he's gotten high marks after hurricane sandy with seven in ten voters approving of his handling of the storm and he has a slight edge when it comes to handling the economy. 48% say mr. obama would do a better job compared to 46% who side with romney. on friday, mr. obama made a three-stop blitz here in ohio, staking his closing argument on the auto bailout, which is widely popular here. and which republicans oppose. he also slammed romney for claiming that jeep is shipping jobs to china. it's a claim the romney campaign defends that has been widely discredited. take a listen to what president obama had to say. >> the car companies
an effect on the obama and romney campaigns. just ten days until the election. it could have a big effect on early voting in several swing states and already both campaigns have cancelled or rescheduled events to get out of the way of the storm. we've got both campaigns covered. we want to begin with kristen welker traveling with the president in new hampshire. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. president obama is facing a big challenge. he's got to juggle campaigning in the final days with managing a potentially devastating storm. now this hurricane has already impacted his schedule to some extent. he was able to make a stop here in new hampshire. this is a small state that carries a lot of significance. president obama trying to get ahead of hurricane sandy which could diminish his campaign schedule this week. today he visited new hampshire, a state with only four electoral votes, but with the race deadlocked, the president can't afford to leave anything to chance. >> ten days, new hampshire! ten days. >> reporter: the president didn't mention the hurricane in his remarks.
three stops in the sunshine state. president obama continues dealing with the impact of sandy, joe biden will campaign in florida. he'll be in sarasota in a few minutes. president obama plans to return to the campaign trail tomorrow with stops in wisconsin, nevada and colorado. >> early voting is open again in our area. sandy forced voting centers to close for two days. now, they are back in business. you'll have extra time to cast your ballot. martin o'malley took advantage. he tweeted a picture of himself in the process. tony tull is live in landover. hey, tony, what's going on? >> reporter: earlier, some voters had to deal with broken voting machines then hurricane sandy. today, they are back open. the turnout immense. if you think i'm joking, take a look at this learning center in prince george's county. hundreds of people saying no matter what, they were getting inside to cast their vote. some call it a case of stir crazy due to sandy. others said they were doing their part. early voting is back at the sports and learning center. hundreds of residents lined up to cast their vote. >>
are zeroing in on the all-important state of ohio. president obama attend three-day rallies there today before heading back to washington. mitt romney is still there tonight and has an event planned for later this evening. >>> the number of people killed from hurricane sandy is up to 95 people at least across ten states. 39 in new york. and mayor bloomberg has just canceled this weekend's new york city marathon because of all the controversy. now let's get the latest on the headlines. on the weather, rather. >>> well, the weather headlines is that it's cold outside. it's going to continue to be cold over the next couple of days. temperatures right now 10 to 15 degrees below average. new york city coming in at 50 degrees. philadelphia at 49. we are sitting at 51. look back toward the west, though. pittsburgh at 38 is going to be a very chilly weekend, too. storm and sunday. will both be on the cold side. but sunday not too bad to go to get out there and walk. breathe deep for d.c. for longevity at the national mall. come down and join us. i will be emceeing the event for longevity coming out on
sides. ohio is the must-win state. president obama had three appearances in ohio today. mitt romney two. both candidates will be back in ohio before tuesday. >>> today mayor gray announced the district would be lowering fines from those controversial speed cameras. beginning on monday. the city has had many complaints that the tickets and high fines bring in millions of dollars. tom sherwood reports now, some say the new fines don't go low enou. >> reporter: d.c. has dozens of speed cameras to catch motorists. fines range from $75 to $250. far higher than any other local jurisdiction. mayor vincent gray friday moved to curb some of the anger over the high fines and complaints the city is just raising revenue. he said beginning monday he'll lower some of the fines for speeding but raise others. >> i thi that this is a very responsible thing to do and obviously it's connected to public safety. i have said from the very beginning that this was a public safety issue for me, not an effort to raise additional revenue. >> reporter: and the mayor said he'll use traffic fine revenues to hire 100
, you have two days to vote early. the state's early the voting centers will be open through friday. they'll also open early at 8:00 a.m. the voting centers will remain open until 9:00 tonight. >>> president obama will spend part of the day with one of mitt romney's biggest supporters. he'll survey the damage sandy left behind with governor chris christie. the new jersey governor has criticized the president in weeks and months, but he commended the commander in chief yesterday on his handling of the disaster. mitt romney will restart his campaign today with events in florida. the republican presidential nominee cancelled events the past two days out of respect for sandy's victim. yesterday he helped collect supplies that his supporters donated in ohio. >>> 6:07 is your time. 43 degrees. the major damage sandy caused to a space shuttle. >> the congressman who lost his home in a storm. anncr: washington's revolving door. george allen'. politicians go in. corporate lobbyists come out. in the senate, allen took money from big corporate interests... voting their way... for tax breaks fo
-point obama advantage in the most important state. and in new jersey, the president got a boost that could help him in all the swing states. more praise for his storm response from romney backer republican governor chris chr t christie. >> i've instituted a 15-minute rule on my team. you return everybody's phone calls in 15 minutes. whether it's the mayor, governor, county officials. if they need something, we figure out a way to say yes. >> it's been a great working relationship to make sure that we're doing the jobs that people elected us to do. i cannot think the president enough. >> i want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership. >> reporter: better than any speech or tv ad, to lead in a crisis and have political opponents offer praise. but that sword is double edged. and if fema stum b -- stumbles, it's sure to hurt the president. >>> early voting is back on in maryland. today, the governor cast his vote in baltimore. election officials say so far, about 162,000 people have voted early in the state, ahead of the pace in 2010. >>> there were long lines at just about every pollin
york. >> reporter: and he talked to president obama and other mayors. >> the president underscored his commitment to doing everything possible to help every state and city that's been affected by sandy. he indicated that he was prepared to make sure we cut through all red tape. so the federal assistance that's needed which is needed more by some than others will be made immediately available. and indicated this could have been a lot worse. i see there is a mess out here but all my people are at work. so it looks like things are moving along. >> reporter: the d.c. government and schools closed two days are to reopen on wednesday. and early voting will resume. the city also has canceled a controversial $15 surcharge for any taxicab ride. >> how are you today? >> reporter: during his tour, the mayor was glad to see that the flood prone neighborhood of bloomingdale in near northwest made it through without serious damage. city work crews had spent several days in advance clearing storm drains. >> enjoy the rest of your day. >> reporter: but the day off is over. everyone back to work tomorr
morning, everyone. polls show that mitt romney has cut president obama's lead in two key states iowa and wisconsin. president obama returns to the campaign trail today in wisconsin, nevada, as well as colorado. he toured hurricane damage in new jersey wednesday winning the praise of that state's republican governor. mitt romney campaigns today in virginia where the race is still neck and neck. in the meantime, in an audiotape released by a liberal advocacy group, a republican congressional candidate in washington state says he would oppose abortion in cases of rape or incest because it doesn't make the situation better by, quote, putting more violence in a woman's body. also uses the phrase, quote, the rape thing twice in the recording. >>> officials say four people were wounded by gunfire last night outside a halloween party at the university of southern california. two people were detained. campus police say the shooting resulted from a dispute between nonstudents. >>> the drug company is recalling all of its products after federal inspectors say the firm must improve its sterility
romney said... and what his plan would do. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. >>> right now at 11:00, states of emergency declared in maryland, virginia and the district as millions along the east coast brace for impact. sandy could bring nearly a foot of rain, high winds and snow. >> also that monster storm is already having a major impact on the campaign trail. both sides have canceled weekend event in virginia beach. >> tonight, all eyes are on sandy. the storm could be one for the record books and we have it covered. >> erica gonzalez has evacuations along the beaches. the local storm preparations but first, chief meteorologist with the latest. >> we look at the latest track right now, what is th is going to show you, this storm still a hurricane with winds of 75 miles an hour to the north at about 7 miles per hour. the pressure is down just a ttle bit. and it is going to continue on that northerly track. as it does that, it will then shift out to sea, as we have been talking about, becoming a tropical storm. back it hurricane potentially and
virginia is one of the few states that just might hold the keys to the white house. it has 13 electoral votes and as of now it seems to be anybody's race. the new "washington post" poll shows president obama in the lead by four points but a fox news poll conducted last week has mitt romney ahead by two. keep in mind both leads are within the margins of error. in the past three elections voters here in virginia have picked the winning candidate so it's clear the road to 1600 pennsylvania avenue may run straight through the state of virginia. it wasn't all that long ago that virginia was better known for its civil war battlegrounds than its political ones. for ten straight presidential elections the republican candidate came out on top, but then in 2008, virginia voters went for barack obama. >> virginia! >>t was interesting because he kind of road tde the wave and h swayed a lot of districts that had been traditionally republican. >> while the 2008 vote here closely mirrored the rest of the country, virginia has actually fared better economically. its unemployment rate is below the natio
they waited as long as four hours to cast their ballot on saturday. >> president obama and mitt romney are cancelling campaign events in states affected by sandy, including several in virginia. governor romney was scheduled to make three stops in virginia today. instead, he'll campaign in another hotly contested state, ohio. the president is cancelling a monday event in northern virginia and leaving for florida today rather than tomorrow. the vice president and first lady have also canceled some events because of weather. >> the time right now is 9:27. computer models show sandy will likely make landfall north of the d.c. region. >>> coming up, we'll take you live to the jersey shore to check out conditions there. teacher: this is west virginia, pennsylvania, delaware. and this is maryland. every year marylanders spend five hundred and fifty million gaming at casinos in these other states. question seven will build a new casino and bring table games to baltimore... generating hundreds of millions for schools. and that money has to go to education. it's the law. so vote for question se
, president obama and mitt romney are on the campaign trail. the president is in ohio. he wrapped up a rally near columbus. he'll spend most of the day in the buckeye state. romney is in wisconsin now. here are live pictures from that event. he heads to ohio this afternoon. both candidates making closing arguments to voters four days before election day. >>> virginia is one of the state's to target for the final weekend. melissa mollet is at the news 4 superscreen with more on where they are headed and when. >> these are their final stops before tuesday. the candidates taking one final swing through the swing states as they set their schedule this last weekend of the race. president obama is spending most of today in ohio. the president will kick off the multistate visit saturday, traveling back to ohio, wisconsin, iowa and virginia. bill clinton and dave matthews will appear with the president in bristol. sunday, the president heads to new hampshire, florida, colorado and again, ohio. romney started his day in wisconsin. he's then heading to ohio. he will go across the country hitting 11 ba
added 114,000 jobs, and unemployment rate fell from . % to 7.8%. >>> president obama will be in ohio when the jobs report comes out. the president will spend most of the day in the buckeye state prosecute returning to the white house tonight. the president returned to the campaign trail yesterday, visiting wisconsin, colorado and nevada. and those are his first events since sandy struck. mitt romney will spend part of today in ohio. he will start the day in wisconsin. he'll deliver what aides call his closing argument. from there, he heads to ohio and rallies in columbus, and cincinnati. >>> today, your last chance to vote early in maryland. polling centers open from 8:00 this morning until 9:00 tonight. early voting was supposed to end earlier this week. it was extended through earlier today since polling centers were closed monday and tuesday. vote early through tomorrow in the district. polling centers open until 9:00 p.m. today and tomorrow. >>> good news for new yorkers in the dark after hurricane sandy. con edison, the utility company that serve much of manhattan says power sho
to 7.8%. >> president obama, in highway when the jobs report comes out. the president will spend most of the day in the buckeye state. he'll speak to smaller crowds today and hold much larger ral es over the weekend. the president will hold a rally at jiffy lube alongside former president clinton and singer dave matthews. >>> the republican presidential nominee will start the day in wisconsin, and deliver hiss closing argument. from there, he heads to ohio and rallies in suburbs of columbus and cincinnati. romney, campaigned across virginia yesterday. >>> nine more people diagnosed with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroids injections, the center for disease control says almost 4 million cases reported in 19 states. the agency also dropped the death toll from the outbreak from 29 to 28, noting that virginia is reporting two deaths instead of three. one person died in maryland. the fda is investigating the pharmacy that made those tainted shots. >>> two stations closed this weekend because of track work. starting tonight at 10:00, rosalynn and arlington cemetery s
state. 29 lost here. some 6.6 million customers are still without power across the region, and this afternoon president obama heads to new jersey to tour the damage with governor christie. >> here in new york city mayor michael bloomberg says it could be several more days before the subway system is running again, but limited air travel is resuming this morning at jfk international, and at newark airport over in new jersey. the stock exchange is also set to reopen today. those are some hopeful signs, but the challenges are still enormous. let's get right to natalie up in the helicopter over new jersey. natalie? >> reporter: and good morning to you, matt. flying over here and taking a look down at the jersey shoreline it's just absolutely staggering to see what i'm seeing now. you've been talking about the fire that we are over right now in mantoloking, new jersey. this shoreline, as you know, completely devastated. the governor christie saying the shore of his youth is gone. the rides he took his kids on this summer are in the atlantic ocean. this fire, as far as we know,
, thanks so much. >>> coming up, the dangers of flash flooding. >> a state trooper learns just how fast waters can rise in conditions like these. president obama: there's just no quit in america... and you're seeing that right now. over five million new jobs. exports up forty one percent. home values... rising. our auto industry... back. and our heroes are coming home. we're not there yet, but we've made real progress and the... last thing we should do is turn back now. here's my plan for the next four years: making education and training a national priority; building on our manufacturing boom; boosting american-made energy; reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where... we can, and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. and ending the war in afghanistan, so we can... do some nation-building here at home. that's the right path. so read my plan, compare it to governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>
:55 this morning. in rehoboth beach, erica gonzalez, news 4. >>> president obama says the federal government will help every city and state that is devastated by sandy. >> my message to the governors as well as to the mayors, anything they need, we will be there. we're going to cut through red tape. we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward into making sure we've got the best response. >> the president issued that rn warning while touring headquarters in the district. he also freed up federal aid to help the city respond to sandy. >> the president says he does not think sandy will affect next week's election. it is, however, affecting early voting today. governor o'malley cancelled early voting today in maryland. it is supposed to run until thursday, but the governor hopes to extend that through friday to make up for today. >>> everyone across the region is bracing for the storm, but a few people are watching with caution as much as people in low lying areas. >> news 4's melissa mollet joins us live from alexandria wh
on the trail with this pre occupation going on? >> reporter: well brian, here tonight in the state of florida, it is all too familiar with the devastation. mitt romney tempered his criticism of president obama, and in fact encouraged his supporters to give what they could. this of course, came a day after selecting supplies at a storm relief event, his campaign hosted in ohio. still, as the cleanup gets closer to where you are in the northeast, governor romney is questioning the federal government's role in disaster relief, last year during a republican primary debate, he argued the state, even the private sector should take the lead in terms of delivering aid. today, romney put out a written statement reaffirming the belief, also vowing that fema would have the resources it needs. one more note, there are polls out and both campaigns say they are in the lead right now. the new polls, the president is clinging to a tight lead in the crucial battlegrounds of ohio, florida, and virginia. >> all right, peter alexander in florida tonight. of course, it was all we were talking about until this sto
can survey the damage to homes. to move just one tree costs about $5,000. >>> president obama will return to the campaign trail today. he'll head west to stump for votes in three battleground states. the president will first stop in wisconsin for a rally in green bay. from there, he heads to nevada and a campaign event in las vegas. he'll also head to denver this evening before flying all the way out to ohio late tonight. >>> mitt romney will spend the day in virginia. he has campaign events scheduled in roenick, virginia beach, and near richmond. romney was supposed to tour virginia on sunday but cancelled those plans ahead of sunday. recent polls show he and the president in virtual tie in the commonwealth. >>> calls for help, the rescues caught on camera as flooding took over the jersey coastline. >>> still ahead, the flames that destroyed homes as hurricane sandy moved inland. >>> and will we see more sunshine? yo >>> take a look at all this snow in the great smoky mountains. two more feet fell in tennessee. earlier in the week, rangers say the area you recally gets four i
and the power systems. >>> president obama telling victims of sandy the federal government will not forget them. he and chris christie toured the devastation the storm left behind the garden state yesterday. the president praised chris christie for his response to sandy. >> governor christie throughout this process has been responsive, he's been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm. and i think the people of new jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce back even stronger than before. >> christie has commended the president of his handling of the disaster as well. >> this morning, d.c. leaders are warning people to stay out of the swollen rivers and creeks, but insist the drinking water is safe. at the height of the storm, some overloaded sewage facilities dumped millions of gallons of raw sewage into local rivers and streams, and with all the debris and sewage overflowing the rivers, some people are wondering if tap water is safe to drink. >> there are no problems with public drinking
of these swing states. it's all about the get out the vote message. and the obama team have more contacts on the ground than any other campaign in u.s. history. they've got to use those contacts. they're going to be making phone calls. they're going to be knocking on doors. mitt romney, on the other hand, he doesn't have that ground operation. he subbed it out to the rnc because he hasn't been president for four years. romney will be hoping for this momentum that swept from the first debate, to continue forward and carry him over the finish line. and it's momentum versus the obama ground game. and nobody -- and i mean nobody alive knows how this thing is going to end. >> thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> and you can catch "morning joe" weekdays at 6:00 a.m. on msnbc. now let's get the morning's other top stories from tom at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. there's disturbing news today about that company under investigation in the meningitis outbreak. the food and drug administration says mold and bacteria were found on surfaces inside what were supp
is canceling his sunday night rally in virginia beach but still plans to keep two other stops in the state earlier in the day one of which will be at battlefield high school in haymarket. and the stop by president obama in prince william county monday with former president bill clinton may also be in jeopardy now. the campaign says they will monitor the storm and decide whether or not to reschedule. meanwhile mitt romney's wife ann is in our area right now holding a rally in mclean as we speak and will be in south riding. >>> first lady michelle obama is back in washington this morning after experiencing some flight problems last night. the first lady's plane was delayed in las vegas where she was doing campaigning there yesterday. the aircraft was held up for about three hours because of mechanical problems. there is no word on what exactly those problems were. but the flight eventually took off around midnight east coast time. >>> senate majority leader harry reid is out of a nevada hospital this morning. he suffered minor hip and rib injuries after a chain reaction crash on a las vegas
of a conference call with president obama and other mayors and governors. >> first the president once again underscored his commitment to doing everything possible to help in every state and city that has been affected by sandy. he indicated that he is prepared to make sure we cut through all the red tape so that the federal assistance as needed which of course is need more by some than others, will be made immediately available. and he indicated this could have been a lot worse. he said i'm looking out my window and i see there's a mess out here but all my people are at work. so it looks like things are moving along. >> reporter: the d.c. government and schools closed two days, are to reopen on wednesday. and early voting will resume. the city also has canceled a controversial $15 surcharge for any taxi cab ride. >> we'll work to get things moving back as they should be. >> reporter: during this tour, the mayor was glad to see that the flood prone neighborhood of bloomingdale in near northwest made it through without serious damage. city work crews had spent several days in advance, cleari
on early voting is an issue. that's something the obama team thinks favors them in a state like virginia. we just have to wait and see. >> who do you have joining you on the program? >> we have the governor of ohio, john casic, governor of wisconsin, surprisingly close, scott walker and colorado, very close. the democratic governor of that state as well. rachel maddow is on our roundtable and chuck todd with the latest maps and what to look for on election day. >> thank you very much. >>> the "today" show will broadcast live from the university of richmond as they talk with undecided voters whose attention the candidates are trying to capture. watch lester holt's report live coming up this morning at 8:00 right here on nbc 4. >>> we want to turn our attention back to hurricane sandy now. let's check in with meteorologist tom kierein. >> coming up, the latest track on sandy. just released about an hour or so ago. we'll take a look at the threat for our area and give you all the details and how much wind and rain to expect, coming right up, stay tuned. [ earnest ] out of the blue one day,
states between now and tuesday, tonight in ohio, he will be joined by 100 other politicians and celebrities backing his campaign. president obama, every single day between now and tuesday in ohio. both making closing arguments to voters. >> that's why i know what real change looks like. because i fought for it. i've got the scars to prove it. i've got gray hair to show for it. you fought for it too. and after all that we've been through together, we sure as heck can't give up now. >> look, the obama campaign is out there chanting. i drove by a group of protester, and they said four more years. we have our own chant. it's five more days, all right? >> candidates and a lot of voters anxious to end what's been a long campaign. >> indeed. tracie potts live on capitol hill. thank you. >>> 5:35 now. immigration reform one of the biggest issues this election sig sig sigle. one has not been as popular as many immigrant advocates expected. it's called deferred action and allows younger immigrants to apply for a driver's license and green card. 1.7 million people qualify, but fewer th
president obama will spend the entire day in ohio but a look at the rest of his campaign schedule makes the buckeye state look like an airline hub for air force one with ohio stops every day through election day. for his part, mitt romney is not only focusing on ohio but hoping to win over wisconsin and looking to broaden the battleground map campaigning in pennsylvania on sunday and visiting new hampshire twice, the smallest swing state that may be edge in mr. romney's direction. in these frenetic final days both candidates are sharpening their closing arguments to voters, mr. obama arguing for another four year. >> after four years as president you know me by now. you may not agree with every decision i've made. you may be frustrated at the pace of change, but you know what i believe. you know where i stand. >> reporter: mr. romney calling himself the agent of change. >> this is no time for small measures. this is time for real change and when i'm elected president on day one we'll bring real change to america! >> reporter: and as the hurricane sandy recovery effort continues, both ca
. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. in virginia, we know education means opportunity. that's why tim kaine expanded pre-k... championed higher ed and job training... helping make virginia "the best state to raise a child." but george allen has not made our kids a priority. as governor, he tried to cut funding for public schools. in washington, allen voted to end tax deductions for college tuition. and now, a budget plan that devastates k-12 classrooms-- all to pay for even more tax breaks for the wealthy. seiu cope is responsible for the content of this ad. athat's what the plan georged allen supports... would cost our economy. newspapers called it "economically destructive." like allen's votes to give tax breaks to companies... that ship jobs overseas, his economic plan would... help big corporations, devastating the middle class. allen even voted against tax breaks for small businesses. virginia can't afford to go back to george allen. the democratic senatorial campaign committee... is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> we want to show
to be a one-day three-state blitz alongside former president clinton. instead, he and aides called an audible and they headed back to washington to focus on the storm. at the midday briefing mr. obama insisted the campaign was not on his mind. >> i'm worried about the impact on families, and i'm worried about the impact on our first responders. i'm worried about the impact on our economy and on transportation. you know, the election will take care of itself next week. >> reporter: meanwhile, for much of monday mitt romney tried to walk a fine line, balancing campaigning in ohio and iowa with compassion for storm victims. in ohio he appealed for americans to put politics aside. >> we've faced these kind of challenges before, and as we have, as soon as americans come together, and this looks like another time when we need to come together, all across the country, even here in ohio. >> reporter: still, romney did not entirely abandon politics. >> the people of the entire nation are counting on ohio because my guess is -- my guess is that if ohio votes me in as president, i'll be the next preside
felt the same way. make your voice heard. vote. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. and this is maryland. teacher: this is west virginia, pennsylvania, delaware. every year marylanders spend five hundred and fifty million gaming at casinos in these other states. question seven will build a new casino and bring table games to baltimore... generating hundreds of millions for schools. and that money has to go to education. it's the law. so vote for question seven. so we can stop spending all that money here, and keep maryland money in classrooms like mine. >>> welcome back. you're look live at rehoboth beach, delaware, where the waters are rising. some have already hit the store fronts. this is high tide just a few minutes ago. >> the beach is already underwater for all intends and purposes. waves have been crashing up on to the boardwalk, erika gonzalez has been telling us. the town has been evacuated. people are not allowed to drive in the state of delaware at this hour. and don't know when that will be, when that will change, when the governor will let
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